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​Barack Obama Dressed As Santa To Surprise Kids In A Children's Hospital

​Barack Obama Dressed As Santa To Surprise Kids In A Children's Hospital

Barack Obama surprised sick children and staff at Washington's Children's National hospital by dressing up as Santa and delivering presents on the wards.

The former US President brought some festive cheer to the children who will be spending Christmas in hospital.

On Wednesday, Obama sported a red Santa hat and a sack full of presents and was greeted with plenty of cheers.

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As well as being greeted with plenty of smiles the 57-year-old was treated to a performance of 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas' and he even stepped in as the conductor.

Obama visited patients as young as four years old who were making snowflakes in one of the hospital's playrooms.

The former president handed out jigsaw puzzles, Hot Wheels sets, remote-control cars, and glittery nail polish, as well as plenty of other toys.

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Each gift was collected by Obama and his staffers specifically for the children.

Barack Obama took to the wards with a bag full of presents. (Credit: The Office of President Barack Obama)
Barack Obama took to the wards with a bag full of presents. (Credit: The Office of President Barack Obama)

Obama also paid a visit to individual patients and their parents and even gave some of them some life advice.

Speaking to a 12-year-old patient who was worried about starting high school, Obama said: "Even the cool kids don't have it all figured out."

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Obama also recorded video messages for those patients he didn't get to meet so no one was left out.

Obama spent time with every patient. (Credit: The Office of President Barack Obama)
Obama spent time with every patient. (Credit: The Office of President Barack Obama)

Speaking at the hospital, Obama said: "I had a chance to talk to some of the wonderful kids and their families and at a time that's obviously tough for a lot of folks.

"And as the dad of two girls I can only imagine in that situation to have nurses, staff, doctors, and people who are caring for them and looking after them and listening to them, and just there for them and holding their hand.

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"That's the most important thing there is. What a great reminder of what the holiday spirit's supposed to be all about."

Obama even recorded video messages for the patients he didn't see. (Credit: The Office of President Barack Obama)
Obama even recorded video messages for the patients he didn't see. (Credit: The Office of President Barack Obama)

Chief executive and president of Children's National Health System Kurt Newman said: "I know they will be talking about it for years to come.

"At such a busy time of year, when no one wants to be in the hospital, his natural warmth lifted the spirits of those kids, their parents and of each staff member he met along the way."

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Featured Image Credit: The Office of President Barack Obama

Topics: Celebrity News

Mark Cunliffe

Mark is a writer at LADbible with a creative writing background and a history working at some of Manchester's biggest agencies. He loves football and music that screams a lot.